Ann Sexton – 1977 – The Beginning
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Ann Sexton is one of a few lesser known southern soul female artists, recorded a series of fine soul records for the legendary Nashville soul DJ / label-owner, the late John Richbourg a.k.a. John R.
I was after this wonderful record for years. You can check the prices sold here. Finally i put my hands on it lately and i’m really happy to share it with you.
This is @320 vinyl rip of the original Sound Stage 7 Records including covers.
A1. I Had A Fight With Love 3.46
A2. I’m His Wife (You’re Just A Friend) 2.55
A3. Who’s Gonna Love You 3.01
A4. You Can’t Lose With the Stuff I Use 4.38
B1. Color My world Blue 2.45
B2. Be Serious 3.56
B3. I Want To Be Loved 3.08
B4. Sugar Daddy 3.59
B5. You’ve Been Doing Me Wrong For So Long 2.55
Review by Trakbuv
Ann Sexton is a woefully neglected Southern Soul songstress. Born on 5th February, 1950, Greenville, South Carolina, she trained her poignant vocal style testifying to the Lord. She married young and, together with her new beau, began spreading her vocal chords at local venues. In 1971, she was spotted by songwriter/producer David Lee who cut several tracks with her. On his ‘You’re letting me down’, Ann conveys her devastation in a manner worthy of the similarly styled Candi Staton or Bettye Swann. He also provided her with the glorious chugging ‘You’ve been gone too long’, a long-time favourite with this scribe, and a Northern Soul classic. Initially released on Lee’s Impel imprint, they were to be later issued on 77 Records, owned by the Nashville soul DJ, John Richbourg. Her first album, ‘Loving You, Loving Me’, was subsequently released in 1973, containing both aforementioned tunes, and her biggest hit, Paul Kelly’s funky ‘You’re gonna miss me’, climbing to #47 in the Soul Charts during September of 1973.
Recording sessions continued, now operating mainly out out of Memphis, with both Lee and Richbourg at the helm. However her follow-up 33 didn’t ship until 1977, released now on Sound Stage 7, the 77 label having folded. Lots of 3’s and 7’s there. Recorded in Muscle Shoals, this is a very good example of the style that supreme Southern Soul had come to adopt: a mix of groovers and pleaders. I gather that the shuffling ‘Colour my world blue’ is popular on the Modern Soul scene, and its easy to see why with Ann’s efferevescent interpretation. The only track I was already familiar with is ‘I’m his wife’, a very smartly produced two-stepper, and perfect meat for Ann to lock her incisors around. I recall back in 1978 thinking that Barbara Mason’s ‘I am your woman‘, she is your wife’ was its answer record. However, I can find no evidence to support my supposition.
And how can one resist her persistant plea of ‘I want to be loved’, a bluesy dream of a track ? Irresistable ! The midtempo ‘Who’s gonna love you’ adds an extra dimension with a touch of the Thom Bell’s. Gorgeous. And my favourite needle drop ? ‘Be serious’. The opening few bars are worth the entrance fee, a magical mix of guitar and strings paving the way for Ann to let her quivering tones captivate your heart. Can’t get enough if this one. The funkier cuts like ‘You can’t lose’ and ‘I had a fight’ are very welcome additions, and bring a closer comparison to Candi Staton at her contemporary best.
Having been a stranger to the stage for some 30 years, she was recently persuaded back by German DJ and promoter, Dan Dombrowe, after being re-discovered by Sonny Hudson while working in a Bronx school. Since 2007, she has become a regular at the annual Baltic Soul Weekender in Germany, and is booked in for the next one in 2009 (April 24-26). She has been reported to wish to return to this venue ‘as long as she is living’. What’s not to admire about this super-talented, super-ignored legend ?
listen up “Be Serious”